Built Environment NC

What is special about this course?

This course aims to introduce the skills and knowledge required to follow a professional career path within the building industry at technician level. Mainly taught within a classroom environment, practical experience is gained from site visits, field trips and workshops.

  • This course is the ideal stepping-stone into a variety of HNC Construction courses
  • If you are already working in the industry, you can study by evening classes
  • Apply to study full time
  • Progression on from EPIC (Employability Programme into Construction) or PDA Carpentry and Joinery

Entry requirements

Progression from Employability Programme into Construction

School leavers

  • Three National 5 Qualifications in Mathematics, English, Science, or an Appropriate Technical Subject.
  • SQA Skills for Work National 5 Construction would be advantageous
  • Satisfactory Interview

Mature Returning Students

  • Three National 5 Qualifications (or equivalent), in Mathematics, English, Science, or an Appropriate Technical Subject.
  • Competent knowledge of the Industry detailed in CV of site experience.
  • Satisfactory Interview.
  • Anyone who fails to hold Maths at this level would be required to undertake National 5 maths prior to undertaking this qualification.

The interview process for all candidates to be scored against qualifications, experience and knowledge, score sheet to be created.

  • Domestic Building Services
  • Construction Technology: Groundworks and Substructure
  • Construction Technology: Superstructure and Finishes
  • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
  • Construction Calculations
  • Construction Materials: An Introduction
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Built Environment Project
  • Sustainable Design for Architecture
  • Construction Measurement and Costing
  • Drawing for Construction

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 Year – 34 Weeks

Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our Tuition Fees information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Completion of the NC in Built Environment may provide progression opportunities to:

  • an HNC/HND in a Built Environment discipline
  • HNC/HND Architectural Technology
  • HNC/HND Building Surveying
  • HNC/HND Construction Management
  • HNC/HND Quantity Surveying Course
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the construction sector, perhaps as an Architectural Technologist

Once in employment, many continue to study within a Modern Apprenticeship Framework.

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